China Focus: Digital technologies preserve cultural heritage in China (Xinhua)

Xinhua: China Focus: Digital technologies preserve cultural heritage in China. “Researchers are using 3D scanners to collect data about the size, color and structure of the Nanchan Temple on Wutai Mountain in northern China’s Shanxi Province. They plan to create a digital archive for the temple, which is the oldest extant wooden building from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) in China.”

South China Morning Post: Time to press ahead with archive law

South China Morning Post: Time to press ahead with archive law. “Just how tall is 4,488 metres? This is roughly half of Mount Everest in height or five of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Intriguingly, it is also the height of the documents destroyed by the Hong Kong government last year. The volume was a three-year high, according to the city’s official records agency. The figure certainly does nothing for the government’s environmental protection credentials. But for a bureaucracy overseeing a sophisticated city of 7 million people, such a volume may well be the result of vigorous control and restraints. However, the lack of legal supervision and sanctions means the public is unable to tell whether this is the case.”

Abacus: Chinese companies are making their employees post ads for them

Abacus: Chinese companies are making their employees post ads for them. “Whether it’s Facebook or Twitter, many of us consider social platforms a place to share our curated personal thoughts. In China, though, people are finding it increasingly difficult to keep work from seeping into their private life online. Workers have been taking to the internet in droves, saying they have been ordered by employers to share company ads with friends in their private WeChat accounts. Some even say their bosses have asked to check their posts to make sure they comply.”

South China Morning Post: China’s national library to archive 200 billion Weibo posts in project to preserve country’s digital heritage

South China Morning Post: China’s national library to archive 200 billion Weibo posts in project to preserve country’s digital heritage. “The National Library of China will archive over 200 billion public posts on Weibo, the country’s popular Twitter-style microblogging site, as part of an initiative to preserve the digital heritage of the world’s biggest internet population.”

The Verge: Microsoft workers pressure company to stand by embattled Chinese GitHub repo

The Verge: Microsoft workers pressure company to stand by embattled Chinese GitHub repo . “Microsoft employees have put forward a petition in defense of a trending GitHub repository they believe could be under threat of Chinese censorship. The repository, called 996.ICU, was established in late March by Chinese tech workers who were protesting extreme overwork. The stories name some of the biggest companies in China, including Alibaba, Huawei, ByteDance, DJI, Tencent, Vivo, and others.”

TIME: The Tiananmen Massacre Is One of China’s Most Censored Topics. Here’s a Look at What Gets Banned

TIME: The Tiananmen Massacre Is One of China’s Most Censored Topics. Here’s a Look at What Gets Banned. “More than 1,000 posts related to the Tiananmen Square Massacre that were removed from the Internet by Chinese censors were made public on Monday. The database contains images of 1,256 posts that were deleted from Sina Weibo, a popular micro-blogging site with more than 400 million users, between 2012 and 2018. Researchers at the University of Hong Kong collected the posts as part of a project called Weiboscope, which tracks censorship on several Chinese social media networks.”